This is a topic open to some controversy, buy in my honest opinion you DO NEED a solid yo yo to properly begin your yo yo-ing journey.
Now keep in mind, I am not saying you need a 500 dollar titanium yoyo, or a pricey metal, BUT If you want to properly develop your skills, that 5 dollar yo-tech or Duncan Imperial is going to make your learning experience REALLY difficult.
Personally, I started with a yomega brain although it was great for “walk the dog” and “around the world” type classics everybody is familiar with; the combination of my undeveloped accuracy and unfriendly beginner imperial shape it became almost impossible to land the simple trapeze.
Ready to give up I decided to buy myself a Yoyo jam legacy, $22. A lot more expensive than my 5 dollar yomega brain, but without it I am confident I would have never reached the level of skill I am at today. So do you need an expensive yoyo ? In my opinion yes.
Do you agree ? Do you disagree ? What is your cheapest yo yo, how long was it until you upgraded ?